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Survey Shows Idaho Residents Are More Stressed, But Exercise More Than National Average

Monday, September 15, 2008 General News J E 4
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ADA, Mich., Sept. 15 While 93 percent of Americans reportattempting to make everyday choices to be healthy and live well, 44 percent ofIdaho residents say they struggle to do so, according to the Amway GlobalWellness Index, a recent national survey of more than 15,000 Americansregarding their health and wellness. Idaho residents report that the two mainbarriers preventing them from living a healthier lifestyle include lack oftime (42 percent) and the costs associated with eating a balanced diet(26 percent).

Idaho Wellness Challenges:

Stress

Forty-four percent of Idahoans report having a "very" or "somewhat" highstress level, according to the Amway Global Wellness Index, compared to thenational average (40 percent). Forty-eight percent of Idaho residents findthat increasing physical activity is a highly effective way of coping withtheir stress. Talking to family and friends (47 percent) and sleeping(38 percent) also top the list, while 22 percent turn to food for comfort and13 percent practice yoga. Twelve percent of residents decrease the time theyspend using technology gadgets to reduce stress.

Exercise

The survey shows that 18 percent of Idaho residents, compared to thenational average (23 percent), are not exercising for at least 30 minutes ormore at a time on a regular basis. That's well under the Centers for DiseaseControl (CDC) recommendation of a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensityphysical activity per day or a minimum of 20 minutes of vigorous-intensityphysical activity three days a week. When it comes to the work commute,85 percent of Idaho residents drive or use public transportation. However,when Idahoans do exercise, the focus is on general wellness (39 percent),cardiovascular endurance (26 percent) and weight loss (13 percent).

Sleep

While 35 percent of Idaho residents report that not getting enoughexercise is one of the biggest wellness challenges, 36 percent also reportthat getting enough sleep is a major challenge. Only 9 percent of Idahoansjudge their current state of wellness by the amount of sleep they get.

Weight

Nearly half (47 percent) of Idaho residents consider themselves obese oroverweight, yet only 18 percent of Idaho respondents gauge their state ofwellness by their current weight.

The Election, Economy and Wellness

Twenty-five percent of Idahoans and 33 percent of Americans claim that thecandidates' positions on personal wellness will influence how they vote thiselection. Additionally, 42 percent of Americans, versus 43 percent ofIdahoans, report that the economy is having a negative impact on theirwellness choices. For the nation, current economic conditions also arenegatively affecting the wellness of 51 percent of non-working parents, versus43 percent of working parents. And, when it comes to the battle of the sexes,the health of women is affected more by the economy (44 percent) than men(40 percent).

About the Amway Global Wellness Index

The Amway Global Wellness Index is a national survey of 15,035 Americanadults ages 18 and older to uncover American views toward the concept ofwellness and individual, family and community wellness. Commissioned by AmwayGlobal, the study has an estimated margin of error of +/-0.8 percentage pointsat the 95 percent confidence level. For more information and state-specificstatistics, go to http://www.inspirewellness.com.

About Amway Global

Amway Global offers the opportunity for people to have a business of theirown based on retailing products and sharing the opportunity with others whowill do the same. Amway Global supports Independent Business Owners (IBOs)with a proven compensation plan, portfolios of quality products in health,beauty and other consumer categories, plus the merchandising materials,training and education they need to be successful. IBOs also are
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